West Ham cross past Viborg and enter the Europa Conference League group stage



West Ham regained their goalscoring touch as they booked another European tour with a 3-0 win over Danish side Viborg.

The Hammers, without a point or a goal after three Premier League games, ran out comfortable 6-1 aggregate winners over the two legs of their qualifying play-off to reach the group stages of the Europa Conference League.

Italy striker Gianluca Scamacca, the £30million signing from Sassuolo, opened the scoring midway through the first half with his second goal in two European appearances.

Said Benrahma and Tomas Soucek also found the net after the break to seal an ultimately cozy evening in front of 1,000 rowdy traveling fans in Denmark.

Leading 3-1 from the first leg, last season’s Europa League semi-finalists knew an early goal would calm nerves and Soucek narrowly headed for a corner before Scamacca’s first low shot was saved .

The first goal came after 22 minutes when full-back Ben Johnson fed Soucek down the right wing and the Czech midfielder’s cross was deftly swept aside by Scamacca at the near post.

Gianluca Scamacca scored West Ham’s first goal of the game


Viborg almost equalized when former Leeds striker Jay-Roy Grot edged past Manuel Lanzini and fired narrowly wide.

Jakob Bonde, the goalscorer for Viborg in east London, then planted a free header directly at Hammers goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

And West Ham were living dangerously before half-time when Areola had to make a double save to prevent Grot and Justin Lonwijk.

But they doubled their lead six minutes into the second half when Benrahma raced the ball deep from Maxwel Cornet and scored home.

It was three o’clock just after the hour mark when Soucek took the rebound after Thilo Kehrer’s header was blocked.

Cornet should have opened his West Ham account moments later when he was tackled by Benrahma, but the Burnley summer signing somehow lifted the ball over an open goal.

Nonetheless, it was a satisfying night’s work for David Moyes’ side and their fans, who will know where their second straight European adventure takes them in Friday’s draw.

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